BlackBerry co-founder and engineering genius is seeding a quantum technology fund for $97 million. Their goal is turn devices like the medical tricorder from “Star Trek” into reality.
“What we’re excited about is these little gems coming out,” Lazaridis said in an interview in Toronto. “The medical tricorder would be astounding, the whole idea of blood tests, MRIs — imagine if you could do that with a single device. That may be possible and possible only because of the sensitivity, selectivity and resolution we can get from quantum sensors made with these quantum breakthroughs.”
Quantum Valley Investments is being financed exclusively by Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, an old friend. They want to commercialize technologies created in a cluster of research labs with hopes of final products emerging within two or three years.